Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke are the winners of the 40th edition of Premio Matteo Olivero, Remembering Memory.
Mark Barrow (USA, 1982) and Sarah Parke (USA, 1981), whose artworks are part of the most important collections of the world – Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Birmingham Museum (New York), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Yale Museum (New Haven) and Walker Art Center (Minneapolis) – are the winners of the 40th edition of Premio Matteo Olivero with a poetical site-specific project.
The exhibition will open on April 27th, 2018 and will be on view until May 27th, 2018.
The project has been unanimously chosen by an international jury formed by:
Stefano Raimondi, founder and Director of The Blank Contemporary Art
Eva Fabbris, curator and art historian living in Milan. Since 2016 she is part of the department of research and curatorship of Fondazione Prada
Leah Pires, curator and writer living in New York. She is Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program
Arturo Demaria, Advisor of the Fondazione Amleto Bertoni
Roberto Giordana, General Assistant Director of Cassa di Risparmio di Cuneo
because of the poetical way it deals with the memory topic in a dual, ephemeral and persistent way, the scenic presence obtained by a minimal and synthetic approach, the study of the space where it is inserted and for its ability to evoke and renew significant pathways, methodologies and artworks from the History of Art, melting together different temporalities.
The artistic duo, partners in work and life, prevailed among over 336 projects received. An extraordinary number in terms of candidates but of minor relevance if compared to the quality of the participants which demonstrates how the turn of the Award, now finalized to the realization of a solo show into the prestigious Cappella Cavassa (Saluzzo, CN), has been perceived and appreciated by the artists community, both nationally and internationally.
Projects have been presented by artists from over 20 countries. Amongst them, projects have come from Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Russia, Spain, UK, Ukraine, United States.
From the total amount of projects, the 43% (145) has been conceived by women artists and the 57% (191) by men. The most significant age range (40%) has been the one between 26 and 35 years old. It is also well represented (28%) the range between 36 and 45 years old.
The new form of the Premio, strongly desired by the curator Stefano Raimondi, has been immediately supported by Comune di Saluzzo, Fondazione Amleto Bertoni and the project coordinators Paolo Infossi and Roberto Giordana.
In Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke’s project, memory is intended as the passing of time defined by the circular movement of light from window to window, referring to the rising and setting of the Sun. The project summarises this flow creating compositions using different and repeated patterns made of red, green, blue and black squares. The project, generated pixel by pixel, measures time gradually.
Mark Barrow (1982) and Sarah Parke (1981) live and work in New York.
They had solo shows at Independent Régenece, Bruxelles, Elizabeth Dee (New York) and ZERO (Milan). Amongst their group exhibitions: Pace Gallery (New York, London), Kunsthalle Bielefeld (Germany), Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris), Casey Kaplan (New York), Galerie Perrotin (Paris) and Praga Biennial.